Saturday, March 5, 2011

Good Days, New Job.

This picture has nothing to do with the rest of the entry. It is, however, hilarious, and part of one of my regular New York commutes. Look closely if you don't see an alternate reason why black is so popular here.

Anyway, Tuesday morning I was sipping hot cider in a coffee shop on Broadway, across the street from Tisch. Nibbling on my complimentary Madeline cookie while I memorized Shakespeare, it struck me that I was having exactly the kind of day I'd moved to New York for.

I'd had an audition for a Marlowe play the night before, and got a callback notice the next morning. I was about to go shoot another student film at NYU an hour later. That night I was going to meet with a group of other actors to help me prep my monologues for the best non-equity theater in town, The Flea. I'd be auditioning the next morning for them. And I paid for it all by helping kids I liked with their homework.  It's a pretty nice life.

The only real issue I have is not quite enough work (read: income). So, starting next week, I'm taking on a new part-time job: Coordinator at Edge Studios. Edge produces voiceover, and also trains new voiceover talent. I'll be working the phones, managing career consultations with new students, and working a few projects to make day to day operations run smoothly. I'd been an intern compensated in training already up to this point, coming in at odd hours to fill in for people who were sick or on vacation. Now I'll be coming in regularly as a real employee.

Tutoring will still be what pays my rent, groceries, and electric bill. But the work at Edge will be what lets me get some professional training, a drink with friends, and maybe some (*gasp*) actual furniture for my apartment.

In the meantime, I've got my first ever Equity Principal Auditions next Monday and Thursday. These are the open calls you get up early in the morning for and wait around all day hoping they'll see you. But they're for the big theaters with press reviews, extendable runs, and big audiences. Here's hoping.

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